God, our Creator, loves us and calls us into a loving relationship with Himself.
Our human inclination is to turn from God—that is, to sin— which separates us from God. “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Jesus took the punishment that we deserve. We can have complete forgiveness for sin, and be assured of fellowship with God for all eternity, by entering into a personal relationship with Christ, by faith.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). When we decide to follow Jesus our lives change. We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). We enjoy an intimate relationship with God the Father. We learn to hear His voice, and receive direction for our lives.
If you’re not sure what to say, try this prayer:
“Lord Jesus, I need You. I am sorry for all the wrong things I have done in my life. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Saviour and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me and giving me eternal life. Take control of every area of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”
God responds to all who genuinely seek Him in faith. If you have prayed in this way, trust Him to begin to work in your heart and life as He has promised, and to reveal Himself to you.
Following Jesus is the most rewarding decision you will ever make. A relationship with Him enrichs every area of your life, and impacts the way you perceive and interact with the world - Including your family, your friends, and your community
Believers at every stage of their journey with Jesus benefit from continued encouragement and intentional discipleship—the process of learning how to become more like Jesus.
At Bethel we call this process Next Steps.
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